Leeds golf course is saved from the axe

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MEMBERS of a west Leeds golf club threatened with closure are celebrating after forming a community interest company to secure the 18-hole course’s future.

Leeds City Council has handed over the running of Gotts Park Golf Course in to the newly-formed Gotts park Community Interest Company.

It took over the course on April 1 to mark the end of two-years of uncertainty.

In June 2014, Leeds City Council launched a public consultation on its proposals to close golf courses at Gotts Park and Middleton Park, which were opened in 1933.

The council said it could no longer afford the annual £217,000 costs of running the two sites.

Members at Gotts Park have formed the new company, which will plough any profits back into running the golf course.

The Wades Charities Trust, which owns the land and mansion house at Gotts Park, has approved the move.

Andy Inglefield, 49, is of five directors working voluntarily for new company. Mr Inglefield, of Armley, said: “We have got a real passion for the club. We are very unique in that every member of the club looks out for one another and that’s why we want to keep it going.” He added: “We feel so sorry that Middleton has closed,”

Alan Walls, club chairman and trustee of the new company, said: “This new chapter of the club’s history will be challenging. However, working closely with our partners we want to encourage the local community to support us. We are keen to establish a Friends of Gotts Park to protect this great asset for future generations to come.”

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